Giants' Tuck: 'I would love for Vick to play'

Giants defensive end Justin Tuck gets a hit on Rams quarterback Sam Bradford on Monday night. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Giants defensive end Justin Tuck loves to speak his mind. Before the season opener, he was asked about the Giants' run of success against the Redskins. His remark was that the Giants "had their number, just like Philadelphia has ours."

Of course, the Giants went out and laid an egg in losing to Rex Grossman and the Redskins.

Asked last night about the prospect of facing the Eagles without Michael Vick, Tuck prefaced his remarks by making sure to be clear that he was not insulting Vick's backups.

"Why not? That guy is a tremendous athlete," Tuck said. "Obviously--as he goes and that offense goes--you always want to beat teams at their best. Me, personally, I would love for him to play. I think he brings out the best in us, too.

"Maybe we go down there and he’s not in there and we think we got this thing won. If he’s playing, we know we have to be on our toes. We all know that Philadelphia is a great football team. We’re going to have a great game regardless of if Vick plays or not."

Tuck made his season debut after missing the opener with a neck injury. He had five tackles and 1.5 sacks.


The Giants lost wide receivers Domenik Hixon and Mario Manningham to injuries last night, although early indications are both could play Sunday against the Eagles.

Hixon injured his right knee in an amazing touchdown pass in the second quarter. It was the same knee that required ACL surgery 15 months ago. An MRI is scheduled for today. The Giants announced it as a knee injury, although Hixon told reporters it was more of a calf injury. The injury happened in the second quarter, but he did attempt to return to the game later. "He came back out and ran and they cleared him to go and then he just didn’t feel right." Coughlin said. "We didn’t play him anymore."

Manningham suffered a concussion in the second quarter when he stumbled running a route that should have led to a touchdown. He said he injured the right side of his neck, but the Giants said he did not pass concussion testing in the locker room, which ended his night.

Hakeem Nicks returned from a knee injury, but the Giants could be shorthanded at receiver against the Birds.

"Are there anymore tight ends in the crowd?" Coughlin joked with reporters. "We’ll get the medical report, we’ll do the best we can with it. We have basically six now. Hopefully we’ll get Mario back. Hopefully he’s not too bad. The thing with Hixon is I just don’t know what to say about that. I know his confidence was a little bit rattled and I’m hoping that’s what it was."


A few statistical notes from the Giants' win over St. Loius:

*The victory was the Giants’ first at home on a Monday night since Oct. 18, 1999, when they defeated Dallas.

*Michael Boley scored the Giants’ second touchdown on a 65-yard fumble return in the second quarter. It was the Giants’ first defensive touchdown since Dec. 21, 2009, when Terrell Thomas returned an interception 14 yards for a score. Boley’s touchdown was the Giants’ first on a fumble return since Sept. 13, 2009, when Osi Umenyoira brought one back 37 yards against San Francisco. Boley’s 65-yarder was the Giants’ longest fumble return since Oct. 21, 2007, when Umenyiora scored on a 75-yard return.

*The Giants have forced at least one turnover in 15 consecutive games. The last time they did not have a takeaway was on Sept. 26, 2010 vs. Tennessee.

*Eli Manning completed 18 of 29 passes for 200 yards and his first two touchdowns of the season, to Hakeem Nicks and Domenik Hixon. Manning has now thrown for 23,114 yards in his career.

*The Giants’ inactive players were defensive end Osi Umenyiora, tight end Travis Beckum, cornerback Prince Amukamara, wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan, running back Da’Rel Scott and offensive linemen Mitch Petrus and James Brewer.


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